What a great time of year! Friends and family coming together to celebrate the season, which usually means food is involved somehow. Who doesn’t love all of the beautiful little hors D’oeuvres that are perfectly placed on lovely holiday themed trays? They call to you and you feel the need to try one of each, because they’re small and, as we all know, pretty food is fun to eat, right?
If you’re like most people, you enjoy the festivities and live in the moment, but perhaps have a bit of holiday happenings food remorse later. The food and libation remorse that accompanies the season doesn’t have to take front and center stage of your consciousness. Offer healthy alternatives during the week so those weekend indulgences don’t weigh so heavy on your mind (pardon the pun).
This week my husband and I enjoyed a family favorite Spicy Thai Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce. This dish is light and surprisingly filling. In my humble opinion it’s also pretty, so it’s fun to eat too 🙂
SPICY THAI LETTUCE WRAPS W/SPICY PEANUT SAUCE:
- 1 head fresh lettuce (I like using Living Lettuce or butter lettuce)
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3-4 bonless/skinless chicken breasts
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp grated ginger (I buy the kind that’s pre-grated)
- 1-2 tsp red pepper flake (we like it spicy)
- 2 shallots, sliced finely
- 2 Tbsp. lime juice (1/2 lime)
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 Tblsp Toasted seseme oil
IDEAS FOR TOPPINGS:
- fresh cilantro OR mint, chopped if leaves are large
- 1 carrot, grated or julienned
- 1 cucumber seeded and julienned
- celophane noodles prepared according to package instructions
- fresh bean sprouts
Heat olive oil over medium heat and add chicken breasts. You can add them whole and cut them into bite sized pieces after cooked, but I like to cut them into bite sized pieces before cooking. Cook till no longer pink and golden brown. Set aside.
In the same pan, heat sesame oil over medium heat and add shallot. Cook till translucent. To that add garlic, red pepper flake and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Then add soy sauce and lime juice. Cook over medium head for 2-3 minutes and add the chicken pieces back in and cook through.
Wash and dry the lettuce. Julienne carrot and cucumber. Wash and chop cilantro into desired size. Prepare cellophane noodles according to packaged instructions and arrange all on a plate for easy access. This is family finger food after all!
SPICY PEANUT SAUCE:
- 1 tblsp Toasted seseme oil
- 1-2 cloves of finely minced garlic
- 1 tsp finely grated ginger
- 2 tblsp of soy sauce or tamari
- 1-2 tsp red pepper flake
- 3/4 c Lite coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
Put them all together and you have a beautiful presentation of healthy, fun finger food! It’s a great break from the holiday party offerings that your family will love and you won’t have to go to PF Chang’s to get it 🙂
Enjoy and Happy Healthy Holiday to you and yours!